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Lead AI Engineer

About Splash Damage

We believe that games play better with friends.For more than 20 years,
we’ve been creating team-based multiplayer experiences that have
entertained tens of millions of players all over the world and forged countless
new friendships along the way.
Our studio culture is rooted in our open, friendly, and collaborative
environment. Our games are made by people from all over the world, from
our entry-level Fresh Talent hires to industry veterans, and we believe that
fostering that diverse culture is the best way to build both our games and our
studio. We have won numerous awards, including a ‘World-Class’
accreditation by Best Companies and being named one of the UK’s 100 Best
Large Companies to work for.

Our offices are based in Bromley, UK, and our teams have access to working
patterns that work for them


We offer a comprehensive benefits package for you and your family, including

  • Substantial performance-related pay system on top of your basic compensation, along with enhanced pension contributions and our life assurance scheme
  • Bespoke VISA and relocation packages for you and your family, with support from our team throughout the whole process
  • 25 days of holiday and 8 Bank Holidays a year, plus our annual studio closure between Christmas and New Year’s
  • Private Medical and Dental Cover for you and your family, along with a 24/7 digital GP service
  • Extensive Mental Health support, with Line Manager Mental Health training, a group of Mental Health First-Aiders, and on-site or remote counselling
  • Our bespoke Learning and Development course framework to help you grow as an employee, manager, and leader
  • Industry-leading fully paid 30 weeks maternity leave & 10 weeks paternity leave

The Role

At Splash Damage, we create multiplayer combat games that champion team
play and promote lifelong friendships. Members of the AI engineering team at
Splash Damage are responsible for implementing new and exciting AI and
gameplay features within a multiplayer environment. We work closely with
other disciplines to help them realise their ideas through rapid prototyping
and iterative agile development.

As a Lead AI Engineer, you will be responsible for spearheading the effort of
your team from architecture design to implementation, driving towards the
best player experience. Working closely with design and engineering
departments, you will consider the skills and talents of your team members
and use their experience to identify risk, build roadmaps and become a force-
multiplier for your team, mentoring them every step of the way.
We believe that constantly improving our skills is an essential part of the job
and we offer regular leadership, management and mentoring training

We're advocates for work-life balance and offer a comprehensive benefits
package focused on the well-being of our staff and their families.

You excel at: 
  • Setting clear technical direction, intent, and best practices within
    your team. 
  • Identifying risks and blockers early and proactively removing them. 
  • Working effectively in open and collaborative environments. 
  • Working closely with project leadership to plan long term road
    maps and improve development processes. 
  • Seeing the big picture impact of decisions and critically evaluating
  • Nurturing professional growth within your team with an enthusiastic
    attitude and a team-first mentality.
  • Communicating ideas, intent, and constraints to both technical and
    non-technical team members.  
    You have: 

  • Expert knowledge of C++, with relevant professional experience. 
    Strong understanding of game-development related 3D maths
  • The leadership skills to lead an AI development team. 
  • Professional experience iteratively implementing AI features from
    inception to delivery. 
  • Experience working in all phases of game development, from
    feature design to planning and establishing
    roadmaps, implementation, and bug-fixing. 
  • A strong understanding of AI behavioural & navigational techniques
    used in modern games. 
  • A strong interest in researching and implementing new AI related
Experience working closely with design teams and leadership to
elicit requirements and help shape great AI-driven game

Even better if you have: 
  • Professional development experience with real-time networked
    multiplayer games. 
    ·Professional Unreal Engine development experience on PC and/or
  • Experience with multi-threaded development
  • Experience developing for Xbox Series, PlayStation 5, Xbox One
    and/or PS4.
  • Experience profiling and optimising code for optimal
    CPU, memory, and bandwidth usage. 
  • Experience in animation programming. 
  • Experience developing procedurally generated environments. 

Splash Damage is an equal opportunity employer. We believe our teams create better work when they have a range of perspectives to draw from, and we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment that celebrates diversity


You’ve probably seen hundreds of benefits packages before, so you know what to expect: private healthcare, pension contributions, holiday allowance...

At Splash Damage, you’ll get all of those along with a whole bunch you won’t be expecting like industry-leading maternity and paternity leave, discounts with local businesses, a Performance Related Pay scheme, free haircuts and manicures, and so much more.